February  2008, 2(1): 23-42. doi: 10.3934/ipi.2008.2.23

Inverse transport with isotropic sources and angularly averaged measurements

1. 

Department of Applied Physics and Applied Mathematics, Columbia University, New York NY, 10027, United States

2. 

Department of Mathematics, University of Washington, Seattle WA, 98195, United States

Received  August 2007 Revised  November 2007 Published  January 2008

We consider the reconstruction of a spatially-dependent scattering coefficient in a linear transport equation from diffusion-type measurements. In this setup, the contribution to the measurement is an integral of the scattering kernel against a product of harmonic functions, plus an additional term that is small when absorption and scattering are small. The linearized problem is severely ill-posed. We construct a regularized inverse that allows for reconstruction of the low frequency content of the scattering kernel, up to quadratic error, from the nonlinear map. An iterative scheme is used to improve this error so that it is small when the high frequency content of the scattering kernel is small.
Citation: Guillaume Bal, Ian Langmore, François Monard. Inverse transport with isotropic sources and angularly averaged measurements. Inverse Problems & Imaging, 2008, 2 (1) : 23-42. doi: 10.3934/ipi.2008.2.23
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